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Lee Rainie and I have just drafted The Network Revolution chapter in which 
we talk about the trend towards a Networked Society. (This is for our 
Networked book -- MIT Press, out in a year.) We document a dozen things, 
such as tech (ICTs), interstate hiways (and Euro equivalents), family and 
work reconfigurations, etc.

But Lee has issued me a challenge, which I am transitively passing on to 

Are there trends leading back to bounded-group based societies in the 
developed world? (Its easy to think of such trends in insecure 3rd world 
societies, where people have reason to fear attacks from strangers.)

Looking forward to your suggestions.

  Barry Wellman

   S.D. Clark Professor of Sociology, FRSC               NetLab Director
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